Perepiteia: This Machine Does … What?

Inventor Doesn’t Dare Say ‘Perpetual Motion Machine’

“What I can say with full confidence is that our system violates the law of conservation of energy,” he says. He calls his system “Perepiteia,” which in Greek means an action that has the opposite effect of what is intended. But he will leave it to others to decide if the technique can be described as “perpetual motion.”

Emphasis added by me.

Uh … what?

“To my mind this is unexpected and new, and it´s worth exploring all the possible advantages once you´re convinced it´s a real effect,” says Zahn [MIT professor Markus Zahn, an expert in electromagnetic and electronic systems]. “There are an infinite number of induction machines in people´s homes and everywhere around the world. If you could make them more efficient, cumulatively, it could make a big difference.”

Here’s a YouTube vid:

There are more YouTube videos here, if you’re interested.

This PESWiki entry also contains all the YouTube vids along with descriptions of each.

And there’s some chatter on the James Randi Educational Foundation forum that deconstructs and shreds a mainstream news article about it.

I’m not sure what to think. I’d feel better if the inventor had a degree in electronics or physics. On the other hand, maybe we wouldn’t have bothered trying this! It’s good that he’s letting experts study it. I’m frankly tired of the parade of people who have trotted out machines that were going to change everything — and their claims collapse into dust under scrutiny.

Update: The wikipedia entry’s lead sentence causes me to shriek Fraud! and Crackpot!

Perepiteia is purportedly a new kind of generator developed by chef and tax resistor[1] Thane Heins.

Right then. If you don’t pay your taxes, that puts you outside the scope of my taking you seriously. I’ve had enough of you lot. Irwin Schiff can rot in prison.

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7 Comments on “Perepiteia: This Machine Does … What?”


  1. […] An “inventor” named his machine Peripeteia rather than calling it by what it does or something. I don’t understand what it does, and my reaction is the same as Mark’s here. […]

  2. dianarn Says:

    This is nothing new. Nikola Tesla did this in the 1800’s and we would have all had free electricity if he got his way. But he didn’t. And that thing does not violate any law. He’s just storing the electromagnetic energy produced by the magnets. The name’s stupid, too.

    And while we’re throwing people in prison, we might as well put the guy who wrote the IRS Code Book. After all, in Ch. 26, it says paying the income tax is voluntary compliance. The income tax didn’t exist until 1913. I have no qualms against other taxes as they are beneficial and continue the growth of our country. But the income tax goes directly to pay the interest on the national debt. People work 4 months out of the year just so that money goes to a group of private bankers (a.k.a. the Federal Reserve).

  3. LP Says:

    “But the income tax goes directly to pay the interest on the national debt. People work 4 months out of the year just so that money goes to a group of private bankers (a.k.a. the Federal Reserve).”

    Okay Zeitgeistbot3000. Continue peddling this ridiculous nonsense. You realize that the numbers simply don’t add up, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’d prefer if I didn’t have to pay income tax either, but the assertion that 100% of it goes to the Fed is totally absurd.

    As for this inventor, he sounds like a quack too.

  4. dianarn Says:

    Well it obviously doesn’t go to pay for education since we seem to be lacking in the history & government departments.

  5. bcyburt Says:

    Thane Heins “Perepiteia generator” does not violate the laws of physics; it appears to be speed modifier for AC induction motors. The synchronous speed of an induction motor is determined by the AC frequency and the number of poles in the motor. The coil and magnets of his generator create a pulsing magnetic field that travels through the induction motor shaft and alters the magnetic relationship between the rotor and stator, causing the induction motor to speed up as if the frequency increased or the number of poles has changed. That is why there is no acceleration when coupled with a plastic shaft instead of a metal shaft. Do not confuse the fact that the motor speed increases when an electrical load is placed on the generator with “free energy”. The motor speed is not a true indication of power generated by the motor /generator set. Without actually measuring the actual horsepower and torque produced by his motor/gererator set, there is no other way to find out if it is producing more power than is put in by the electricity. Most likely, there is no magic here, but instead, a method of altering the characteristics of an induction motor. This could possibly allow improving the efficiency of induction motors, but not likely producing free energy.

  6. Phil Says:

    I would surmize-with my limited ability-that unless our friend above is correct-the next most likely scenario is that the energy system is not properly defined. I.e,we think our system is closed when it isn’t,and therefore we throw out the conservation of energy principle, rather than finding the external source that the system is feeding off. If it was doing this,it certainly would be more exciting!-but it seems from first glance of some experts that at the least,there would be much benefit from having more efficient motors.


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